Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets




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These gluten free chicken nuggets are amazing and taste like candy!   They are honestly better than any other chicken nugget I've ever had....with or with out gluten.


1/3 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut (NOT coconut flour)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornmeal
1 stick of butter
1 or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (depending on how many people you are cooking for)
2 eggs


Using kitchen scissors, cut up your chicken into 1-2 inch nugget size pieces.  Set aside.

Melt the entire stick of butter in a frying pan over medium heat.  Don't gag....butter is awesome.  Mix the coconut, sugar, and cornmeal in a bowl.   Add in a few twists of salt and pepper.  Mix well.   With a fork, gently mix your two eggs in a small bowl (for dipping).   Dip each piece of chicken in the egg, then in the coconut mixture.  Carefully (and slowly so you don't burn yourself) drop the chicken pieces in the frying pan.  Flip after a few minutes and cook until they are golden on each side.  Remove to a plate to cool off.  Eat with your fingers off the plate....try not to eat them all at once.

Store in fridge, reheat in microwave.  They are amazing cold too.    You can increase the amount of "breading" to as much as you need for the amount of chicken you are cooking, just be sure to keep the ratio of the coconut, sugar and cornmeal as 1 equal part each. 

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    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for the recipe, my mum's gonna love it!


    Not in this recipe, because you need the crumb mixture to be dry so that you can coat your chicken with it. If you used honey instead of sugar, it would turn into a sticky paste and would make it impossible for it to stick to the chicken. You could use coconut sugar instead of white sugar though :)

    now i been looking for a recipe like this but ive never been able to make them but don't get me wrong i love chicken nuggets that u can buy premaid but now im making these ones instead because they look delicious thanks glutenfreemama


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Those sound sweet and delicious. I'm always looking for ways to modify the flavor and texture of chicken, and this is a new recipe I'll have to try. Thanks for sharing!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    These sound fantastic!

    I'm a big fan of coconut shrimp, and this sounds like it will hit many of the same flavor buttons. :)

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